The basis of the 5 Minute Kids program is drill, drill, and more drill. I go through the typical hierarchy of articulation therapy with my students which is simple to complete with drill-based therapy (discrimination, isolation, syllable, word, phrase, sentence, and reading). You may be wondering how to include the very important carryover or conversational speech level into a 5 minute session.
Carryover practice can be incorporated into many different activities during the 5 Minute Kids therapy program. I usually connect carryover practice with holidays or academic goals. In October, we completed a logic puzzle that was Halloween themed that was loaded with their target sounds. I had them explain to me how they came up with each elimination or clue. I tracked their ability to self-monitor and correct their speech. The following session I discussed the errors that they made and told them that I wanted them to become better self-listeners while we completed the puzzle. We compared the results of the two sessions and talked about the importance of listening to their speech.
I use conversation starter cards or app (find the app on the Therapy Apps page) to provide open discussions during session. Sometimes you don’t get as many targets as you would like but it is helpful to get a better understanding of how your students think. What’s different pages can be great to encourage spontaneous speech. I have the students explain the differences between the two pictures. Super Duper Publications have a few good products that target certain sounds.
Jeepers Peepers from Super Duper was a fun game to encourage carryover practice. I sorted through the cards and divided them into targets. Those were the ones we used during the 5 minute session. Some other games I use are Scattegories (they have to find answers with their targets) and Outburst Jr. (I give them cards that contain their target).
Since most students could use more help in the classroom, I use carryover skills while practicing some academic goals like vocabulary, comprehension, and grammar. For Dr. Seuss Day, we worked on The Foot Book. It is filled with different word meanings and parts of speech. A few activities we did that week included explaining the word meaning for the pair, what is the part of speech, and creating their own pair from the different types of word meaning. It is always a great activity that gives me a lot of carryover data. We practice idioms, paraphrasing, predicting, and identifying main ideas as well in other activities throughout the year.
I practice carryover with my students throughout the year just not when they reach that level because it helps me see if they are starting to self-monitor and self-correct their speech. Many students can correctly produce the words you give them all day long but say “See you tomowow” when they leave speech. Self-awareness is critical to help them reach their goals. Be creative when developing your carryover lessons for the 5 Minute Kids program, you and your students will enjoy the deviation from the drill practice.